The visible artist who created the enduring KISS album covers for the rock band’s Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977), Ken Kelly, reportedly died on Friday (June 3) on the age of 76, as Blabbermouth and Ultimate Classic Rock have mentioned.
Kelly, a prolific painter behind rock and metallic albums in the ’70s, ’80s and past, additionally created Rainbow‘s Rising (1976) and a number of Manowar album covers — Manowar’s Preventing the World (1987) and Kings of Steel (1988) amongst them. However his colourful KISS creations would possibly nicely have been his calling card.
See a number of remembrances of the artist close to the underside of this put up.
Kelly’s loss of life reportedly was confirmed on Friday by his good friend Danny Stanton, president and founding father of the live performance company Coallier Leisure. Stanton wrote on Facebook, “RIP KEN KELLY. You’ll at all times be a legend within the KISS world. Such an excellent man, artist, good friend.”
Born in Connecticut in 1946, Kelly started in comedian books and horror magazines within the early ’70s. Later that decade, then-KISS drummer Peter Criss linked him with the band.
“I had at all times thought it was [KISS bassist-vocalist] Gene Simmons, however Criss’ spouse mentioned it was he who was studying [me] whereas Gene and [KISS guitarist-vocalist] Paul Stanley have been studying Marvel comics,” Kelly advised the journal Print again in 2018. “I might say Peter Criss was basically liable for me ending up being the quilt man.”
Loudwire sends condolences to Kelly’s household, buddies and followers, and the members of KISS and your complete KISS Military.
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